Top Things to do in Antigua

Antigua is a lush tropical paradise in the Leeward Islands, where the Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by beautiful waters and famous for its miles and miles of sandy beaches, it really is the tropical paradise you have always dreamed of visiting.With turquoise waters and never-ending sunshine, Antigua is small but perfectly formed with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation. If however, you can drag yourself away from your sun bed, there is lot to experience across the island.Sunday night is party night at Shirley Heights. The islands best know party is held every Sunday and features steel bands, Iive music and the sweetest smelling barbecue on Antigua. Watch the sun set from the lookout and enjoy the spectacular views way out across the ocean.Shirley Heights itself is a restored military lookout and gun battery that has been transformed into possibly the most well known tourist spot in Antigua. It offers an insight into the Islands history as well as a chance to enjoy the first class restaurant and bar facilities.Just because you are on holiday doesn't mean your fitness and healthy lifestyle goals should be put on hold. The Shed at Sugar Ridge is a purpose built yoga studio at the luxury boutique hotel nestled amongst hillside forests and Caribbean sea views. Featuring a raised platform, polished reflective floors and covered by an oversized wooden roof, The Shed is the perfect place to connect with the beauty of Antigua as you enjoys long reaching views across the bay. Yoga classes are free to guests staying at the hotel making this one of the best yoga retreats to visit on your travels.If you want to experience a different side of island life, Valley Ventures Farm Tours offer guided tours of their unique and beautiful boutique farm set within the stunning Christian Valley. Experience all the finest flora and fauna that this tropical island has to offer as you discover fruit trees laden with mangoes, bananas, coconuts, oranges and tangerines or breathe in the heady scent of heliconias and other locally grown flowers. Owned by local legend Bernard, he has spent 30 years living and working there whilst transforming the farm into something truly spectacular. Taste the freshest fruit whilst sipping a cool drink on the shaded verandah.Nelsons Dockyard is a beautiful fully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century dockyard building that now contains shops, hotels, and marina businesses. The Dockyard Museum highlights the history of the only continuously working Georgian Dockyard in the world and serves as the centre of archaeological, environmental, and historical research in Antigua. Your entry ticket will grant you access to both the Dockyard and Shirley Heights (note entrance to the party is a separate charge).With over 365 beaches to choose from you are never far from the some of the most picture-perfect paradise locations in the world. The soft sand and clear blue waters surrounding the entire island means that there is a beach to suit every visitor.Dickenson Bay, for example, is a busy and buzzing beach resort that offers a mile of west-facing golden sands with plenty of beach bars and water sports to keep you occupied. If, on the other hand, seclusion and tranquility is what you are seeking, Half Moon Bay is often deserted and well sheltered, making it perfect for complete rest and relaxation.